Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish star in Girls Trip
Girls Trip (15, 122 mins)
Director: Malcolm D Lee
Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish
Worry not. If you visit the website “Urban Dictionary” you’ll find it conforms to the dustiest of grammar textbooks.
“Yo momma is trippin’,” is probably the most relevant example given by this acclaimed online compendium. This roughly translates as “your mother appears to be very upset”.
The four African-American girls in this raucous comedy do, indeed, have plenty to “trip” about.
Ryan (Regina Hall) is a successful selp-help book author who is stuck in a loveless “showmance” with football player Stewart (Mike Colter) whom she has just discovered is sleeping with a man-eating “Instagram star”.
When she gets offered an all-expenses trip to New Orleans to speak at a festival, she decides to bring along her old crew who she has neglected for her career.
On the trip (can you see what they’ve done here?), old rivalries surface as the four middle-aged pals turn back the clock to tear up The Big Easy.
Struggling gossip writer Sasha (Queen Latifah) is still seething after Ryan reneged on a business deal a few years earlier and, when she learns of Stewart’s infidelity, she sees an opportunity to get her career back on track.
Haddish is disgracefully funny in Girls Trip
It doesn’t take much to set off Dina (Tiffany Haddish), a violent, sex-mad, potty-mouthed force of nature who is determined to get “white-girl wasted” (extremely intoxicated).
Clearly single mother nurse Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) will have to use all her powers of diplomacy to keep the crew together.
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At times, director Malcolm D Lee tries way to hard to shock. There’s a painfully unfunny “gross-out” scene, far too much talk about bodily functions and some violent scenes that are played for uncomfortable laughs.
But some very salty dialogue keeps the comedy ticking over. Haddish is disgracefully funny. At times I wished I had the “urban dictionary” to hand but you can get the gist of it from her devilish face.